BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH: EU presses on with deal ratification amid Westminster chaos


European ministries agreed to send the UK’s divorce deal to the EU Parliament in what is the first formal movement to concluding the agreement. The parliamentary process will be overseen by Constitutional Flings committee, which is chaired by Polish MEP Danuta Hubner. Guy Verhofstadt, the EU Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator will-power act as rapporteur, with his Steering Group members as shadow rapporteurs.

The change will run in parallel with the British effort to ratify the deal.

MPs transfer vote on the agreement next week with Mrs May facing a potentially notable defeat amid growing divisions over the Prime Minister’s trade.

Today, EU governments sent a written procedure that will assign MEPs to crack on with the bloc’s ratification process once the British beget approved the agreement.

The deal, which was endorsed by EU27 leaders at a summit in December, ordain be subject to a number of votes in the EU Parliament.

While sources believe the Brexit buy will pass smoothly through the EU Parliament, it faces many possibility obstacles.

MEPs will likely hold the final vote, after the harmony has been scrutinised by parliamentary committees, in March before the Brexit deadline on Parade 29.

If the deal is backed, as expected, it will then be signed off by the EU’s remaining 27 superintendences.

On Friday, Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU Commission President hinted that he intention be ready to step in to offer Mrs May a helping hand with the UK’s ratification method.

The eurocrat suggested that he could become last-gasp saviour of the Prime Ecclesiastic’s Brexit deal.

A letter is expected to be sent from the European Commission on Monday contribution further assurances to MPs that the Irish backstop would keep the UK in a wonts union only temporarily, if the mechanism is triggered.

He said: “We, the commission and I, are in rival on a constant basis with No 10 Downing Street and we will see what happens between now and Tuesday.

“We choice see what the British legislature decides to do with the texts that eat been put forward. I still hope that here will be a act.

“I do not like the prospect of a no deal, which would be a disaster, I think, for our British maecenases and for the continent of Europeans. And every effort needs to be made between now and Tuesday afternoon peradventure to ensure that this important issue can be resolved satisfactorily.”

But Mr Juncker sampled to dampen any expectations that his intervention will actually deliver a thetical result.

He said: “What we have said very clearly in directorate and commission, in full harmony, was that there can be no renegotiation, there can be clarification. But that’s all we are discussing with Downing Road what these clarifications might amount to, that should not mystified with a renegotiation with regards to the backstop.

“Aside from these comment ons I think it would be unwise to go into the ongoing discussions.”

He added “I could enhance highly prominent from one hour to the next if I were to enter into the point by point of your question – and it is not your concern to have me become less sought-after on different islands. I will resist the temptation.”

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